Ubisoft calls for shorter console cycle for PS4, Xbox 720
- Posted February 22nd, 2013 at 06:35 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 11 Comments
Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, has called for a shorter console cycle for PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 in comparison to their predecessors.
Speaking with MCV, Guillemot said the seven-year wait for new platforms has been too much, and wants the PS4 and Xbox 720’s successors to arrive a lot sooner.
"No we don't want to wait seven years for the next one," he said. "We will have cloud gaming that will improve over time, for sure. And we certainly have enough novelties for a few years.
"The consoles have taken a long time, we've been saying it for a long time. It's really once those consoles come that we can let creative people more risk, and they feel they can take more risk because new consoles can be more open.
"They have so many features that they can play with. It's easier to be a creative person with new consoles, because after four years of people using all the capacity, it's harder to be innovative. With PS4, we will see new ideas and new ways to approach gamers. And that will excite consumers and excite creators."
Furthermore, Guillemot observed that games will look technically impressive from day-one thanks to the system’s innards being based on PC architecture.
"Because the teams are working hard on their projects, I think we will see good things from the start," said the executive. "Sure, in two years engineers will figure out how to do a lot more. But these machines are easier to build on than before, so we should be able to reach their potential quicker."
PS4 will be released in holiday 2013, with Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox 360 also expected to launch around the same time. Hit up our PS4 hub for all the latest information on Sony’s next-generation platform.
- 6:56am EST - February 22nd, 2013
Show me the Playstation 5 already! I heard a rumour that they're going to inject it straight into your butt.
- 7:47am EST - February 22nd, 2013
This guy thinks that people are rich and the economy is booming. Playstation 4 maybe be in the 500 dollar range, that's alot of money.
- 9:00am EST - February 22nd, 2013
Well that's nice.
When Ubisoft starts publishing games that aren't terrible, maybe then people will care what they want.
Harr Binger | NOELOKEEFFE
- 9:04am EST - February 22nd, 2013
OsborneLV | Eric_Osborne
- 10:11am EST - February 22nd, 2013
they speak for themselves, i didnt mind at all
- 12:35pm EST - February 22nd, 2013
6 year console cycle is fine. if they come out with a new console every 4 to 5 years people wont buy them anymore
- 2:48pm EST - February 22nd, 2013
Consoles require that 5 year gap.....otherwise they contradict the "cheaper gaming rig" concept. If consoles start being released every couple of years, you can say goodbye to the playerbase & eventually the bottom falls out of the market.
If you want quick tech releases, stick to PC.
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 8:50pm EST - February 22nd, 2013
I agree with most people here and that there needs to be a large gap. Gaming systems that enter within 5 years tend to flop. We cannot afford them. This guy's idea is a joke and @1 that's great!
- 9:17pm EST - February 22nd, 2013
If he wants such a fast hardware upgrade cycle stick to PCs stop publishing on Consoles, we won't miss you dude. Someone will step in and gladly take your share of the console market, just stop demanding faster console cycles because it destablized the consumer base. We were just fine with the consoles we had we were in no rush because the games were still getting good. Even your big deal Watchdogs can be done on current gen systems but you just want it easy. It's like the dude WANTS the industry to crash again.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 2:47am EST - February 23rd, 2013
New consoles won't ever come out under a 5yr margine, they never really have. I think 6 yrs is the cap of how long a console should have the spotlight till the next one hits the scene. I can kind of see what Ubisoft is crying about, but at the same time, the console makers have got to get their moneys worth, and go with the flow on the state of the economy, and gaming market. The market wasn't the same 7yrs ago, it was way better then, than what it is now.
- 11:16pm EST - March 2nd, 2013
No, Ubisoft, just no. If anything, I feel this one was too quick, as there's still a lot in the PS3. I'd happily wait another year myself, in fact, I probably won't even be getting a PS4 until Christmas 2014! The console cycles don't need to be any quicker, if they were they just slowly be becoming PCs, where the parts need to be continuously updated, up until the point where you just keep your core system and upgrade the parts every 6 months when something better comes out! The point of console cycles is that they're supposed to be long! unless there are truly substantial leaps in technology, then faster cycles are really not necessary.
Also, the PS3 most certainly has not had its full potential reached like Guillemot has claimed: even Naughty Dog admits they haven't achieved this, Ubisoft certainly hasn't. The only thing from Ubisoft that I'm guessing will come close to this is Watchdogs. The PS3's potential hasn't been maxed, there is still a lot of life in it!